When designer-turned-photographer Hedi Slimane
discussed skinny suits, photography books and luxury in a new interview, he disclosed that hes charting a return to designbut made clear that we shouldnt expect any mass-market adventures.
I dont like the collusion between high fashion design and high street. You have to know where you stand, he told Prestige Hong Kong. I belong to luxury fashion. Thats what Ive always felt and embraced. I like the best quality, the best fabrics and the most creative field in fashion. I will stay consistent. I belong to this world.
That said, hes definitely coming back. Yes, of course I am [planning to design again], but Im really down to earth with fashion, and I have a business and brand-oriented mind. I know what it takes to make a brand strong in the long term in a global economy. Besides design and communication, I need to make sure I have the right tools to make a new design project successful in the long run.
Also, he thinks that websites have superseded magazines as taste arbiters:
Fashion was reluctant at first to embrace the Internet, and its still not totally a natural marriage. With that said, blogs and social networking have considerably enhanced the power of fashion and changed its purpose.... Glossy magazines need to become glossier, rarer, more exclusive and create that real sense of exception to exist next to the immediacy and globalisation of the fashion www.